The cigar of the month is the Rocky Patel Connecticut series courtesy of my new best friends at Cigars City. The Connecticut is a medium to low priced cigar around $6-$7 each, which comes in four different sizes listed below. His cigar is primarily Honduran, with a very mild and mellow taste, good for inexperienced cigar smokers or those who don’t want too much of a kick.
- Churchill (pictured above) – smoke time 60-90 minutes
- Robusto – smoke time 45-60 minutes
- Toro – smoke time 45-60 minutes
- Torpedo – smoke time 45-60 minutes
- Strength: Mild
- Origin: Honduras
- Wrapper: Equador Connecticut
- Filler: Honduran
- Binder: Honduran
While on vacation in the Bahamas last week we enjoyed some Connecticuts of varying sizes while on the beach and on our patio overlooking the caribbean. As you can see in the photo below, the lovely lady is digging this mellow stick.
Wine, music, robe, caribbean, cigar, discussing a day of snorkeling… Can’t get any better than this!
Sure while we were there we could have plunked down some substantial cash for some Cuban cigars, but we were perfectly content with the smooth and mellow sticks we brought with us.
My new best friends at Cigars City asked if I’d be willing to do a product review of the Gurkha Centurian cigar. Um yeah, and when do I get the job working as a photographer for Playboy? Is that next week? “Would five be enough for your review?” they asked… Tremendous.
So welcome to my first official cigar review. Hopefully the first of many, assuming the photography gig above doesn’t pan out. Turn to the left honey. Perfect…
The Centurian is made in the Dominican Republic, considered by many as the second best place in the world to Cuba. Centurian is a mid-sized “perfecto” shaped cigar at six inches and a 60 gauge width. Perfecto shape means it is tapered at both ends. A nice feature is that the cigar is pre-cut. In newb fashion, I wasn’t quite sure which end to smoke and which one to light. Don’t tell anyone that.
The strength of this cigar is rated at medium, not overly strong which works someone like me who doesn’t smoke often. The flavor stays consistent too, right down to the end. Somc cigars can get downright nasty at about 1/3 to 1/4 remaining.
Smoke time is about 45-60 minutes for this cigar, which will run around $13.00.
On The Course
When reviewing golf equipment I always do an “on the course” section, documenting real-world performance on a real golf course.
I found the Centurian performed well off the tee, in the fairway, and on the green. The 19th hole performance is obvious.
Having a cigar on the course can truly be a stroke saver for me. I’m not kidding on this. If there was some way to track my lifetime score with and without cigar, my with cigar rounds would be lower. I find that I relax more and play a little more loose and less stressed, which leads to better scores.
The Gurkha Centurian is a nice smoke, well worth the few bucks more than one might pay for a “cheap” cigar. Great for on or off the golf course and lasts a satisfactory time.
Perfecto Cigar Holder Review
With Father’s Day coming up next month, and the festivities surrounding my pending wedding (and all the cigars which will be involved), I thought it would be a good time to do a piece on a very cool accessory called the Gentleman’s Vice.
The Gentleman’s Vice is a cigar/golf accessory which has many functions:
First it is a dual action cigar cutter. You push a button and the double guillotine blades extend out. Put the stogey in the opening and close the guillotine for a perfect cut.
A 2nd button/slider extends a divot tool. A gentleman always fixes his ball mark and a few others.
After fixing a few ball marks, the player/gentleman marks his ball and pending birdie putt with a customizable ball marker.
Nothing ruins a fine cigar quicker than goose dung. While hitting shots the U-shaped top of the unit can hold a cigar to keep it off of the wet grass, keep it out of the chemically treated grass or most importantly, keep it away from goose dung. The unit also can serve as a club prop to keep the grips from contacting the wet grass and becoming slippery.
The Gentleman’s Vice has a mounting clip which allows mounting of the unit on your belt or your pocket for easy access.
The Gentleman’s Vice comes in five colors: Silver (pictured), copper, gold, black and gray.
Each GV comes with a nice carrying case, pictured left. The case can easily attach to a golf bag.
I have a gallery of images set up. Check out the Gentleman’s Vice Image Gallery.
I’ve used my Gentleman’s Vice many dozens of times and it would make a great Father’s Day golf gift. It is a perfect combination of a fun golf gadget and real life useful functionality. The thing is indestructible too, which is why it has a lifetime warranty. The Gentleman’s Vice is built like a Russian tank, only it gets much better gas mileage.